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On Tuesday, The Doobie Brothers announced that their anticipated 50th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald has been officially postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the news, the Doobies issued a statement to fans: The Doobie Brothers regret to announce that their 50th Anniversary Tour has been rescheduled. This decision has been made with the health and safety of The Doobie Brothers’ fans, crew and local employees in mind. The tour will now be rescheduled for 2021 starting on July 17 in West Palm Beach and ending on October 23 in New Orleans, making 46 stops across…

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Tommy Shaw of Styx recently premiered a cover of “Going to California,” the classic song from Led Zeppelin. Though Shaw’s cover isn’t exactly “new” — it was recorded “many years ago,” per a statement — it feels fresh, and the decision to release the song on digital platforms this past Friday was a conscious effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic era with new music. After touring behind two Shaw-Blades albums, we discussed a second album of covers and actually recorded a few more, but we never officially set a project into motion. Styx would soon get back together and hit…

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Ghosts of West Virginia, the new album from Steve Earle & the Dukes, is a record steeped in tragedy. The record was released on May 22, and was inspired by one of the worst mining disasters in U.S. history, the Upper Big Branch disaster of 2010: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAqJTqKAhti/ Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. Investigations revealed hundreds of safety violations, as well as attempts to cover them up, and the mine’s owners were…

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Last Friday, May 21, English pop/rock band The 1975 released a new album, Notes on a Conditional Form. The 22-track album of nearly an hour and a half of new music from the group fronted by Matty Healy is a layered listen, the group exploring a number of genres, styles, approaches and song structures that extend well beyond its established brand of emotional, reflective and shimmery pop. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAn0SJsp537/ It’s an album that is earning mixed reviews due to its aggressively challenging approach, the heart of the record being a boldness to try new things and push the envelope as far…

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Guns N’ Roses may have been forced off the road this summer, postponing tour plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic like so many other touring acts these days, but they’re still keeping busy. And, following in the footsteps of fellow rockers Metallica, the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and many more, the band has launched a new series of video uploads meant to keep the masses entertained without actual live concerts happening right now. Titled Not in This Lifetime Selects, the series will be professionally-filmed performance footage from throughout GnR’s globe-trotting concert tours these past few years. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAde0COgVAv/ The series launched a…

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Stevie Nicks … there’s only one like her in music history, truly, and today, May 26, the legendary singer/songwriter celebrates her 72nd birthday. From the 1973 album Buckingham Nicks, a collaboration with her then-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham, that predated both musicians joining Fleetwood Mac two years later (and setting in action an unparalleled run of hit albums and classic music with the band) to her solo career and beyond, Nicks has forged her own path in the music business and culture as a whole. Buckingham Nicks is something of an odd little record, especially through the lens of time. Recorded at…

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Earlier this month, legendary Queen guitarist Brian May suffered a “small” heart attack, as he explained in a Instagram post early Monday morning. As he detailed, the heart attack took place a couple of days after he had already experienced a gardening mishap that left him in fear of ripping his glutes to “shreds.” “I had … in the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside … I had a small heart attack,” says May of his ordeal. “It’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness,…

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#MetallicaMondays, the weekly archival series of concert uploads from Metallica, rolls on tonight, May 25, Memorial Day, when the band unearths a 2014 gig from Lima, Peru. The stream will go live at the official Metallica YouTube page at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, and features a a show from Estadio Nacional in Lima on March 20, 2014. This was a special show featuring a set list culled from fan requests: This was the third show of the “Metallica By Request” tour, where the audience got to vote on the setlist before the show. Lima was unique; the final vote…

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As has been the case for most weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, this weekend will bring with it marquee streaming opportunities for Grateful Dead fans looking for something to watch from home. On Friday, May 22, the Dead’s Shakedown Stream series will continue with Beat Club 4/21/72. Before the concert stream, Sam Cutler, the jam band’s tour manager in 1972 will be part of the preshow conversation: We’re making this week’s Shakedown Stream an international affair with 3 continents, 4 cities, and counting (that’s where you come in, folks). By now, you’re well familiar with our favorite Canadian Mr. David…

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Tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, The Rolling Stones will continue their Extra Licks! series of archival YouTube uploads with footage from the band’s spectacular 2013 performance at London’s Hyde Park. Over two nights, 100,000 Rolling Stones fans packed the fields for some epic concerts meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1rQN77ZWBc The video will go live on the Stones’ YouTube page at Sunday, May 24th at 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. BST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFZy8lVsD_o This will be the fourth entry in the six-part series of uploads from the Stones in this Extra Licks! series: As part…

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